Typhoon Mangkhut kills 4, causes flooding, landslides in China

Typhoon Mangkhut kills 4, causes flooding, landslides in China

In Macau, badly hit by a super typhoon previous year, authorities were much more prepared this time, ordering casinos to close late on Saturday night as the storm approached.

On Sunday morning, Mangkhut was barreling toward densely populated southern China and Hong Kong, where authorities raised the highest storm warnings and moved almost a half-million people to shelter from seven cities.

A super typhoon made landfall in China's Guangdong on Sunday, the country's most populous province, after wreaking havoc in Hong Kong and Macau and killing at least 40 people in the Philippines.

Transport services were suspended, with flights cancelled, trains stopped, and major roads closed.

The storm also broke windows, felled trees, tore bamboo scaffolding off buildings under construction and flooded areas with sometimes waist-high waters, according to the South China Morning Post.

"I am 99 percent sure the people there are dead", said Victorio Palangdan, the municipal mayor.

More than 155,000 people remain in evacuation centres in the Philippines two days after the typhoon struck, said national police spokesman Benigno Durana.

Of the four fatalities in Guangdong, three died after they were hit by falling trees in Guangzhou while another was killed when a building collapsed in Dongguan.

Philippine rescuers used shovels and their bare hands to claw through mounds of rocky soil, as they desperately looked for dozens of miners feared buried beneath a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut.

The Hong Kong Observatory said Mangkhut was the most powerful cyclone to hit the city since 1979, packing winds of 195 kilometres per hour (121 mph).

More than 2.45 million people have been relocated, and over 48,000 fishing boats called back to port in the province on Sunday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. People were warned to prepare for the worst by government officials.

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It made landfall on the coast of Jiangmen city, in southern China's Guangdong province, Sunday evening after battering Hong Kong. More than five million people were in its path.

Residents of the remote town, in the Cordillera range about 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Manila, had sought refuge in the building to avoid the wrath of Ompong.

The storm has been downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm.

Rescue workers navigated the roads on jetskis, rescuing residents trapped in their shops.

A man walks past uprooted trees on a damaged street after Typhoon Mangkhut hit Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China September 17, 2018.

In Macau, casinos were ordered to close from 11pm on Saturday, the first time such action was taken in the city, the South China Morning Post reported.

Videos shared on social media showed Hong Kong apartments with flooded basements, flooded sports stadiums and reams of office paper flying out into the air through punctured high rise office windows.

Strong wind caused by Typhoon Mangkhut is seen on the waterfront of Victoria Habour Hong Kong.

Rescuers carry a body they recovered at the site where victims are believed to have been buried by a landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut lashed Itogon, Benguet province, northern Philippines.

Farms across northern Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were sitting under muddy floodwater, their crops ruined just a month before harvest.

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